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Work of Canning Town homelessness charity applauded by Big Issue founder

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2017

Lord John Bird spoke to an audience of 250 people at the House of Lords charity reception. Picture: Matt Badenoch

Lord John Bird spoke to an audience of 250 people at the House of Lords charity reception. Picture: Matt Badenoch

Matt Badenoch

Big Issue founder John Bird has praised a Canning Town charity for its holistic approach to helping people out of homelessness.

Staff, residents and volunteers from Caritas Anchor House. Picture:  Matt BadenochStaff, residents and volunteers from Caritas Anchor House. Picture: Matt Badenoch

Lord Bird, who slept rough at a young age, said Caritas Anchor House addressed the needs of the whole person through its work on education, guidance and personal rehabilitation.

He spoke at a recent House of Lords reception in front of 250 guests ahead of World Homeless Day, which is held today.

“Homelessness is not simply because you haven’t got a home - it’s often because our problems become compounded,” the social entrepreneur said.

“Caritas Anchor House is a support system to help people address the reasons why they find themselves homeless, and enables them to move on, have a fuller life, and contribute to society rather than be on the edge looking in.

Julie Etchingham also celebrated Caritas Anchor House at the event. Picture: Matt BadenochJulie Etchingham also celebrated Caritas Anchor House at the event. Picture: Matt Badenoch

“I can see their ambition and desire to change their lives.”

Caritas Anchor House offers stable accommodation and support to over 250 homeless people every year.

Resident John, who recalled his time sleeping on the streets, said: “When you’re homeless and do not have anyone to speak to, it makes you wish you didn’t see the morning.

“But I feel every dark night there is a brighter day, and thanks to Caritas Anchor House I now see a brighter day.”

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